Friday, June 1, 2018

Day One of 30x30 Direct Watercolor

I’ll be posting my daily practice for better or worse during this challenge 
I thought I would just step out my studio door and paint the roses covering the corner trellis. But you need sunshine and shadows for that. AND it was National Donut Day so I had important business to take care of in town as well.
So I piled a bunch of watercolor supplies in the car and found a view I like. An important part of plein air painting from the mobile studio is safe and easy parking. This spot is across from a soccer field with a wide gravel roadside entrance. 
Waiting for washes to dry.
I’m using one of my Cheap Joes sketchbooks for the first half of the month. I haven’t painted in one of these for quite a while, so I’m not surprised that there’s a bit of an adjustment to make.

Then there’s the extreme humidity today and the distraction of horses wandering around the pasture!
Oh, and apologies to the Palomino for making you look like a mule.


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    1. Oh, right! I posted them on my IG but forgot to put them here. Will do ASAP. 😜🍩

  2. I had to chuckle about your graphology to the horse. I like this painting. A friend of my from the east coast is doing the direct painting challenge too and she has been picking buildings to paint - talk about challenge. I look forward to seeing more of your pieces this month.

    1. Thanks very much for reading my blog and for your kind words. Regarding your friend who is doing buildings, I plan to do at least a week of them myself. I’ll be out sketching with Seattle Urban Sketchers on Friday and Sunday this week with plenty of opportunities for crazy hard buildings to paint. Stay tuned!

      PS I almost forgot to post my National Donut Day sketch but a friend just reminded me. I will add that post right away. 🍩